Wednesday, November 26, 2008

JRF Magnetic Sciences

Now this is a cool site. If you appreciate the benefits of analog, you will be intriqued. Look for the page with ONE INCH two track setup. See here.

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

LA Music Awards - Single of the Year - Adult Contemporary - to Anthony Resta

AJR has done it again.

Click here to listen to the song and read about the award.

Anthony writes:

Just posted " To the Stars" LA music awards single of the year (adult alternative catagory)written by cohesive and anthony j. resta
nick f: vocals (recorded with a Crowley and Tripp Studio Vocalist)
Mike L: Drums
Ajr: guitars, bass, drums, synths, casio piano,background vocalscheck out ajr's guitar solo: really unconventional tone.produced at bopnique by ajax
recorded and mixed by karyadi sutedjathanks to Ed Roland for the inspiration to write songs like this.

Friday, November 14, 2008

November 1932 Electronics about the Ribbon Microphone

In the November 1932 issue of Electronics, author Julius Weinberger writes about everything you need to know to make a good ribbon microphone for music and broadcast applications. The work comes from RCA labs where of course Harry Olson worked. His article on ribbon microphone response is in the October 1932 issue and is not nearly as interesting as this one.
At the risk of offending the copyright holder, I have scanned in an excerpt from the paper magazine, converted it into a pdf, and attached it here.
Note that phantom power or at least power to the microphone was in use at that time. Also the use of a shunt reactor for tailoring the upper ranges.

By the end of 1932, the US and most of the world had been in a fairly deep recessionary period, with some ups and downs. It remained that way for a number of years and was made worse by bad weather in the Southern Midwest - the Dustbowl Years - a period of drought that got about a million farm people to head for California. Ten years later WWII was raging, deficit spending, and a labor shortage brought out by an emergency draft of men up to 50 years of age reduced unemployment to nearly zero.

Saturday, November 08, 2008

Art Deco Style Microphone Body

In the spirit of the infamous Argonne AR57, and inspired by the hotels of South Beach, this cylindrical black and white mic body seems rather flat when viewed from the side. You may notice that I have used the term "Art Deco" when in actual fact a more precise term would be "Art Moderne". Incidentally, don't just say "deco" unless you want to have the art illuminati look down their noses at you. Always use the complete term.

There was a piece of antenna mast around with a black anodized finish and that was the inspiration of this component. You can see it here all put together.

Thursday, November 06, 2008


Leighton Jones, proprietor of FPDimages, a sign company, has a collection of amusing images of signs. He recently made some very nice decals for my bike, and now I am thinking of some Naked Eye stickers or something....

Monday, November 03, 2008

I forgot to mention....

Stelios Arcadiou, artist, experimenter, presumed-nonconformist and resident of the UK contacted us a while back about his arm ear.

It seemed that Stelios had heard about our medical device experience, and, putting two and two together with our microphone business, thought we might have a way to enable his arm ear to work with an implanted microphone. The idea was to run a wire under the skin to an implanted transducer, the other end of the cable to be routed we know not where.

After discussing the legal, ethical and practical complexities of this potential project, we respectfully declined to get to work on it. But there may be merit to the idea, in the future at least, when implanted devices become very commonplace, when RFID implants are the norm (anyone watch The Last Enemy on PBS?) and a real marketplace develops for ears on arms, legs, stomachs or other bits placed here and there.

Believe it or not, we think we do know how to accomplish the insertion of a working transducer and wiring, and even a way to connect to it without an irritating external connector, but no thanks.